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I am a 3L originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. I graduated from Binghamton University (SUNY) with my B.A. in 2005 and my M.A. in 2007 both in Political Science. I spent the 2 years between finishing my MA and deciding to go to law school as a Student Affairs Administrator and an Adjunct Professor...

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Posted by Peter Eraca
09/15/2012 at 02:11 PM
Outside of required classes, there is one commonality that binds all law schools and law students together: the bar exam. It is the final rite of passage for attorneys, and the most dreaded portion of legal education. Although I have not posted in some time, I feel as though this portion of the law school experience deserves some exposition, and I will do so by giving a few (probably too many) pieces of advice.  First, you generally do not need to pick which bar exam you sit for until you are a 3L. Its alright to keep your options open. Second, you can take two bars at once so long as...
Posted by Peter Eraca
05/20/2011 at 02:43 PM
Well, it is that time of year again. People are dressing up in funny looking “Harry Potter”-type garments and looking to the bar, while others are looking to summer internships and/or classes. For me and the rest of the class of 2012, we are looking forward to our concluding year of law school. As a friend and fellow classmate of mine, Justin Touhey, told me recently “two out of three ain’t bad,” reminiscing over another classic 1980’s anthem from Meatloaf. While it isn’t as upbeat and loud as Bon Jovi’s “Living on a Prayer” from earlier this semester, I find the end of an academic year to be...
Posted by Peter Eraca
03/11/2011 at 08:42 AM
As I sit here with Spring Break about to commence (mine has already started, since I don’t have classes on Fridays this term, but I’m in the library anyway) I have come to realize that I am now approximately half-way through the second semester of my 2L year. So, if my logic works correct I’m half-way past being half-way done? No? Ok, it was worth a shot and if you disagree, it’s my blog, so I’m allowed to make up benign things to amuse myself (trust me, you need to while in law school, regardless of where you go). Anyway, at the end of last semester, everyone was quoting an epic and timeless...
Posted by Peter Eraca
10/06/2010 at 10:00 PM
Have you ever had that thing on your “to do” list, you keep looking at it, but never have the opportunity to do it. That is what my blog has felt like since classes began. So, I’d like to begin by offering my apologies for not writing sooner. When you work for certain governmental bodies, you need to be careful about “lending the influence of the body” to your words/actions, so I made the decision to refrain from writing about my summer position until it concluded. Over the summer, I had the honor and privilege of working in the chambers of the Honorable Cecelia Morris, United States...
Posted by Peter Eraca
04/29/2010 at 07:39 PM
It is hard to believe that the Class of 2012 was attending orientation only 9 months ago, although it seems as though it were 9 weeks or 9 days ago. We have spent a great deal of time learning points of law, sweating through the Socratic method, and fielding one set of exams (not to mention legal writing assignments). Throughout this process we have also made lots of friends, and had excellent times with one another. Even with the exuberance of being finished with classes, there are still two hurdles looming to the summer, final exams and the law review competition. As with last semester, and...
Posted by Peter Eraca
04/10/2010 at 03:59 PM
This week Professor Ruskell and Dean Lalli held an information for 1Ls and 2Ls about preparing for the bar exam and what it was all about. It was extremely informative to hear about the differences in manner different states administer the bar exam and paying for both prep classes, living and the admissions itself. It is a nice feeling to know that our administrators are already concerned about us being prepared to take the next step in accessing our chosen career I guess law school is only the penultimate step in becoming an attorney, because that isn't stressful enough. :-)
Posted by Peter Eraca
03/12/2010 at 09:27 AM
As you may be aware, all 1Ls take a "legal methods" courts, essentially it is legal research and writing. The project for the spring semester is an appellate brief on some topic the LM faculty thinks up and gives us. The worst part about it is, it is the gatekeeper between you and spring break. Many students will stress for weeks on it, others won’t start even researching until the 11th hour. Now, my advice on the LM stuff, don’t wait to start, you’ll be sorry. It is virtually impossible, in my opinion, to churn out a "good" brief in 12 hours, beginning from scratch with no research done...
Posted by Peter Eraca
03/12/2010 at 09:12 AM
One of the biggest selling points of RW Law for me was the recreation center. It is at the doorstep of the law building, how much more convenient can that be? Before enrolling here, I would spend 3-4 day per week at the gym back home (I won’t plug which one), AND the college I worked for had a pool which helped my love of swimming (I swam competitively in high school). Therefore, some ability for me to get a work out in during the day was a large component of selecting a place I wanted to spend the subsequent 3 years of my life. Many law students will use the gym, particularly because it is...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/26/2010 at 11:47 AM
Yes, you heard that correctly. Every 1L in the country takes a course on property. It covers a variety of areas, and I need to say one of the areas I really enjoy is Estates and Future Interests. Now, while that doesn’t matter much to you yet, and frankly, if you’re already thinking about "getting ahead" in your course work, take a step back and enjoy your time before coming to law school. Anyway, from what I’ve been told, and what I’ve seen, students either love this topic or hate it. If you have a thing for history, language, or words you will probably enjoy it. One of the things I enjoy...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/17/2010 at 04:26 PM
Have you ever felt like you were behind, didn’t know where the time went, and that you probably won’t catch back up? Yeah, I feel that way right now. Today, someone said we were in week 5 (ok, he said 7, but I double checked for accuracy) and I did a mental double take. I couldn’t believe we had already gone through 1/3 of the semester. Thinking back to the first semester everything seemed to go by exceptionally slowly. That doesn’t really change. One thing I’ve realized while being here is that the weeks seem to go buy slowly, but when looking back they go by like lightning. It is probably...